April 21, 2021

Daily Tech News 21 April 2021

—Pixy Misa

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  • Nothing is currently on fire, off-site backups are complete and up to date, main server is back in production, and we have a powerful new server to take over if anything goes wrong anywhere.

    So I'm probably going to get hit by a meteorite.

    Just in passing, my three largest servers are named Akane, Akai, and Akko. This wasn't planned, it just happened.

Not an anime music video in the usual sense - this is a clip straight from the movie, Project Eden.

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Tuesday Overnight Open Thread (4/20/21) Who Knows If This Will Work Edition

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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The Quotes of The Day

Quote I

"We have an individual that’s being removed from this counter-protest for doing absolutely nothing wrong. He didn't violate any laws. He was exercising his constitutional rights within the city of Albuquerque and we had a sergeant taken off of his job, gun and badge removed."Police Officer Union President Shaun Willoughby

Quote II

I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” Willie Nelson

Quote III

I can't get no satisfaction, I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I can't get no, I can't get no
Keith Richards / Mick Jagger / Gary Barlow

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Quarantine Cafe: We Should All Try to Disconnect Tonight Edition


Fox rescued from fur farm wants to be friends with everyone.

Capybara meets some dogs.

More capybaras being cute.

Kitten is very happy to see her dog big brother come home.

Relax tonight like this squirrel is relaxing.

Cat is obsessed with watching the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Cat introduces her two kittens to a neighborhood dog she seems to know.

Rescuing baby rhinos, which are a lot cuter than you might guess.

I posted this last night, but it's really good: husky puppy has weirdest way of talking.

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Now That a Racially-Stacked Jury Has Delivered a Scapegoat for Racist Vengeance, Minneapolis Is Flooded With Good Feelings and Racial Peace


Just kidding, they're thirsting for fresh bloody scalps and revving up for possible riots tonight.

Newsmax reported that Burn Loot Murder's speakers are calling this lynching only a "first step," and they say they'll be demanding changes in the schools and the medical system next.

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Democrats Reject Even a Mere Censure For Deranged Night-Hag Maxine Waters on Party-Line Vote


Say, didn't they just impeach Trump for claiming that he "incited" people who had never before been violent at all?

And now they won't even agree to a verbal slap-on-the-wrist for Maxine Waters encouraging people with a long, sustained history of rioting and arson to get "more confrontational?"

Weird, it's almost as if they're enemies who conceive themselves as being in a solemn war against us and who wish to harm us and will do so By Any Means Necessary.

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We Have Normality. I Repeat, We Have Normality.

—Pixy Misa

Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem.

The backup server is under seriously heavy load from some weird attack that I don't fully understand, and I just got this server working again, so here we are.

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Food Thread: Purina People Chow; An Idea Whose Time Has Come -- Or Just Eat Pizza



It seems like this is the golden age of pizza, just as I went low-carb! I read pizza place reviews and even watch Dave Portnoy's reviews (which are pretty good). But what I don't do much of is eat pizza.

I lived in the Northeast for most of my life, and I know from pizza! But too much of it is just...food. Sort of like Purina People Chow. Sure, it satisfies my hunger, and it is pleasing on some level, but it is rarely great. So I hold out for great. No, that's a lie...I hold out for pretty damned good. "Great" is way too much of a pain in the ass. Going to Brooklyn and standing in line for hours at Lucali is fine for 20-something hipsters, but unless Sophia Loren in her prime is serving the pizza, I'll pass. And driving to New Haven? That might be worse.

There are some solid local places that make good pies, but too many of them are New York street pie, and it's tough to do much better than, "Yeah, that tastes good." I have found that unless the ingredients are fantastic and the dough is top-notch, I'm just not that into them.

If I were to choose one type I would probably go with the classic Neapolitan pie, which I think is an acquired taste.

How about you? What's the pinnacle of the pizza maker's art?

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First-World Problems...Part Infinity Plus One
(If I wanted To Be A Snake Handler I would Have Joined A Circus)



It's a great idea...making a coiled garden hose that extends and retracts and is easy to carry. But it is a vicious fraud perpetrated on American homeowners by Big Hose, designed to lighten our wallets and make us spend precious time uncoiling the kinks and knots and all-around mess that these engines of the devil become if you turn your back for just a few seconds!

I even tried storing it on some lightweight PVC tubing, and while that works well when it sits in the garage over the winter, it is tedious and time-consuming to take it off and put it back on.

And all of this is to water a few patches of lawn that were destroyed by a fallen tree last autumn. I don't want to start up the sprinkler system because we may have a few freezing nights in store before spring finally arrives, but had I waited much longer to reseed it wouldn't have worked.

Yeah...life is tough.

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What Is The Political Philosophy Of The American Left?



Our current miasma of constantly changing rules of political conduct and mushy language make it almost impossible to identify any coherent structure in the thinking of the current occupiers of the halls of power. In fact, it's difficult to figure out exactly who they may be? Is it Dementia Joe and his grasping harpy of a wife? Is it Susan Rice and her cabal of globalists? Is it Barack Obama the Hawaiian stoner pulling the strings?

Regardless of who they may be, what is important is the philosophy guiding their policy changes. And there's the rub, because there is no coherent philosophy or moral underpinning to their decisions. It is pure "The Ends Justify The Means" thinking, under cover of focus group pablum and Newspeak that would make Orwell scratch his head in wonder.

Look no farther than the website of the Democrat party...

Democrats believe health care is a right, diversity is a strength, the economy should work for everyone, and facts and truth matter.
Let's ponder these words...

If health care is a right, then by extension we are entitled to the work of others. Doctors can be compelled to provide care, because after all, they would be limiting our rights were they to choose to withhold that care.

Diversity is a strength? In what way? And what does diversity mean? That is a simple subterfuge for opening the borders of this country and flooding it with a diverse mix of people whose world view is in direct opposition to the concept of American Exceptionalism. It is code for changing the nature of America by destroying the concepts of self reliance, individualism and free markets and replacing them with dependence on government largesse and the central planning of our economy.

The economy should work for everyone is arrant nonsense; a word salad that means nothing. Economies don't work for anybody...it is the inputs and outputs and consumption of individuals that make up the economy. What they mean is that competition, free markets and the risk of failure is an unacceptable condition, and that the amazing results of free markets are secondary to a lower but less stratified standard of living for all.

Facts and truth matter. Ah...like the history of the founding and struggles of our country being systematically erased by roving packs of lunatics and fascists and totalitarian brute squads? Like the destruction of objective analysis of Wuhan flu therapies simply because OrangeManBad tweeted about it? That sort of truth?

The reality of the Democrat political philosophy is simple: the acquisition and consolidation of power is of paramount importance; all other considerations are secondary, including national pride, respect for history, the rule of law, etc.

Vaccine passports...universal basic income according to race...national security interests made secondary to political considerations...preferential treatment of illegals with active COVID...destruction of religious freedom...

Judge them by their actions, not their words, because they are masters of obfuscation; spouting nonsense is their stock in trade, and the less sense they make the tighter you should hold your wallets, your churches and your guns.

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-04-2021


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University of Bristol Library, Bristol, England

He is Risen!

Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes, wine moms, frat bros, crétins sans pantalon (who are technically breaking the rules). Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, snark, witty repartee, hilarious bon mots, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, spending way too much money on books, writing books, and publishing books by escaped oafs and oafettes who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's-- holy crap, it looks like Brian Stelter here would not be allowed on the book thread because of-- well, you know. No. Just no. Not allowed. Ahem. Let's just move on, shall we?(go ahead and click that link. I double-dog dare you!)

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There wasn't much of anything about the history of the library on the University of Bristol's web site and I got tired of having to plow though a bunch of woke crap looking for information, so I gave up.

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

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I can accept this. Unless there are exceptions.

108 Reading is fundamental: fun and mental!

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EMT 4/04/21


Happy Sunday.

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Saturday Overnight Open Thread – 04/03/2021
[Buck Throckmorton]

—Open Blogger

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Tomorrow is both Easter and the final day of Passover. Where adherents of these faiths worship freely, civilization and liberty are more likely to flourish. Blessings to all of the Christian and Jewish readers of this wonderful gathering spot.



Am I the only person who didn’t like Easter Sunday as a child? I know I sound just awful, but I didn’t. In my mind, one of my two precious weekend days – right in the best part of Spring – was replaced with having to wear church clothes all day long, a big formal multi-family meal in the middle of the day, and no free-range outdoor play. Even the Easter Egg hunt seemed like a weak, imitation-Christmas stunt, and although I was happy to receive a chocolate bunny, I had no use for the hard-boiled eggs I found. Did any of you feel the same way?

It has been a several years since I departed the mainline protestant church I grew up in, due to it effectively replacing Christian faith and traditions with the sacraments and beliefs of the political left. But I still enjoy attending Easter service with elder family members who have not yet given up on the old denomination. And maybe I’m still awful, but since I know I’m going to be listening to a sermon from a left-wing pastor who doesn’t believe in the literal resurrection of Jesus, I get mischievous pleasure from watching him/her/xir try to finesse the wording of the Easter story. The pastor will have a rare packed house, with most people wanting to hear about Jesus’ resurrection. But he also has fellow left-wing activists in attendance who cannot abide with icky pastors who actually believe in the resurrection. So he will mumble for 20 minutes about “the resurrection story” and how in that story we are all given new life, without actually ever saying that Jesus literally rose from the dead.

OK – on to your regularly scheduled ONT.


I occasionally drive by this beautiful building, which is an excellent example of “Googie” architecture. It was a Big Boy restaurant in the 1960s. I wish I could have had a burger there.

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Science Isn't Dead, But It Is Ailing - Part 8
by Your Raving Roving Science Correspondent [Jay Guevara]

—Open Blogger


Consider the following assertions:

Tanning bed use linked to higher risk for endometriosis in study

Vitamin C infusion may reduce sepsis death risk

Obesity may exacerbate the effects of Alzheimer's disease, new study shows.

Bacteria in the gut may influence COVID-19 severity, study says.

Scientists identify nutrient that helps prevent bacterial infection

Aspirin: Quitting cold turkey could be dangerous. "Studies have linked [emphasis mine] aspirin withdrawal to heart attacks."

The Pandemic Could Be Harming Kids' Eyesight, But It Isn't The Virus to Blame. 

Researchers identify bacteria that promote metabolic and mental health.

Regular aspirin use can lower risk for death in bladder, breast cancers.  

NSAIDs might exacerbate or suppress COVID-19 depending on timing, mouse study suggests.

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Saturday Afternoon Chess thread 04-03-2021


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WFM Marie Manelidou (GRC)

No movie thread today. As far as I know.

As always, the chess/dress pr0n thread is an open thread, so there is no such thing as an off-topic comment.

Beginner Problem - Black To Play (1343)

Goal: Black can force mate in 3 moves
Hint: The g3 pawn is weak, and can be taken

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Ace of Spades Pet Thread

—Misanthropic Humanitarian


(H/T Hrothgar)


Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Kick back and relax this afternoon in the world of animals.

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Saturday Gardening and Puttering Thread - Easter Saturday [KT]

—Open Blogger


Hi! Above, a hibiscus from a park in Guatemala. More International content next week, if all goes according to plan.

I just wiped out most of my post. Recovered most of it.

How about another Iris from 40 miles north?


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C.S. Lewis was even smarter than I thought [KT]

—Open Blogger


Easter Saturday Greetings! I think this is a good time for reflection. We remember three men who died on November 22, 1963: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley. A book, Between Heaven and Hell, imagined their meeting in the afterlife.

This week, Jared Whitley wrote about a piece Lewis wrote shortly before he died:

"We now have an intelligentsia which, though very small, is very useful to the cause of Hell." -C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
A masterful piece of religious prose disguised as satire, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is a series of messages from senior devil Screwtape to his protege Wormwood on how best to corrupt mortals. Originally released during World War II, its tight 175 pages provide charming, timeless wisdom.

In an addendum released shortly before the author's death in 1963 - Screwtape Proposes a Toast - Lewis pivots from dispensing universal wisdom to directly criticizing social trends of his day, trends which have gone from mere whispers on college campuses 60 years ago to become orthodoxy with the power of law today. Reading it today, it feels like the author was more prophet than professor.


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Saturday Morning Coffee Break

—Misanthropic Humanitarian

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EMT 4/03/21


Anyone up for some fresh hot EMT?

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Sunday, Monday, ONT. Tuesday, Wednesday, ONT. Thursday, Friday, ONT.


Hey guys and gals, how's it going. Gosh, has it been a year already? Boy, time sure is fun when you're having flies.

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Quarantine Cafe: Twitchy Kitties Edition


Two golden retrievers and a husky help parent newborn kittens.

Little cat watches Psycho, intensely.

Supposedly. I'm not sure what he's looking at. It's fun to watch, though.

This is supposedly the cat splitscreened with the part of Psycho he's watching.

Almost as good as this bulldog, who attempts to warn the humans in a horror movie that they're in danger, and barks aggressively at the monster.

This poor cat is being Andrew Cuomo'd by a handsy parrot.

Another poor cat, this one being bothered by a tiger cub.

What can you do when an energetic kitten is five times your size?

Siberian lynx purring.

I've linked this before, but it's great, and really fits the "Twitchy Kittens" theme.

A kitten is stuck in a tree and has to be saved by her mom-cat. But the kitten resists saving.

Kitten can't fall asleep until she's hugging her teddy bear. Really cute!

One of the most adorable videos: A kitten twitches and starts from a nightmare, and her mom hugs and kisses her to make the nightmare go away.

Here's another mother cat snuggling a kitten having a nightmare.

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Quick Hits: Kabul Motor Pool Edition


If you thought the Matt Gaetz extortion plot couldn't get stranger, think again: an Israeli connection, and Dilbert.

A drunk, whisky swilling John Boehner inserted impromptu, drunken attacks on Ted Cruz when recording the audibook version of some scam book her wrote. Here's an example. Skip to the end to hear the attack.

You know, I used to hear all the time about him slurring his way through a night at a local bar called Ramparts, spilling whisky out of his Bill-Braskey-Sized glass, whispering alcoholic nothings into young women's ears.

Fucking drunk. Not the good kind.

Pence lays groundwork for failed 2024 presidential run.

The man who had his son arrange bribes for him from China continues coddling China while punishing Americans:

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American Airlines now repeats Delta's statement that they don't want your business and they don't want your tax breaks any longer either.

Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access. To make American's stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.

Voting is the hallmark of our democracy, and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.

We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder. At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society -- not create them.

CNN admits that the goal of stripping our liberties is to then offer us the "carrot" of getting them back... as long as we do what the government says.

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and... BOOKZZ


I got the first dose of the vaccine this week. I didn't have a choice of which one; I got the Pfizer.

Here's me, Living My Best Life:


I didn't think I had any post-immunization side-effects but 48 hours after the dose I noticed those "flu-like" symptoms they told me I might get. General feeling of muscular and mental weakness/fogginess. Nothing horrible, but I definitely wasn't at 100%. (Not that that's out-of-the-ordinary.) If I had been at work, I probably would have asked to go home early, if I could.

I got it because I generally am pro-vaccine and pro-anything medical, really, and because I was very sick through multiple periods last year, and I definitely do not want a major illness. Even if it's non-fatal, covid's often very tough.

Sometimes it's not-- Kurt Schichter had it, and said he had the symptoms of a mild to moderate cold. His wife had it worse, at the level of a bad, persistent cold. But nothing actually serious -- just miserable.

Who else has gotten the jab? Anyone else have side effects?

On to GAINZZZ: I have moderate GAINZZZ.

Over the two weeks of my new commitment to keto (not half-assed dirty keto/almost not keto that I was doing before), I had weak GAINZZZ. I lost maybe 2 1/2 or 3 pounds (at most) over two weeks. I guess that's okay weight loss but it's nothing terrific.

So I started a semi-fast on Sunday (having bone broth, cream in coffee, and some Whisps parmesan chips, keeping total calories consumed to below 500 or 600). I've had better GAINZZZ fasting, of course, dropping three pounds or a bit more in five days.

I'm in the high-energy state of keto. If you're overweight and haven't tried keto (low carb), you should give it a shot for a couple of weeks, if only for the really unbelievable levels of energy you have from ketones. It's not a small effect, not one that just might be psychosomatic. It's a definite, real, and large effect.

I know eventually this passes. Not that you have less energy, but you stop noticing the new energy, because it's just routine after a while.

Right now I'm noticing it a lot. I'm practically hyperactive.

I'm going to take inspiration from this:

A big fat pig with a big low-hanging belly to a fat farm to lose weight.

Note: Every word of that sentence was literal and accurate.

The pig needs to lose 110 pounds. He's only lost 55 by the end of the video.

But that's halfway there.

So tell me about your GAINZZZ. And the BOOKZZZ you're reading, and any PROJECTZZZ and PLANZZZ coming up!

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Capitol Vehicular Insurrectionist Identified as Noah Green, Black Nationalist and Nation of Islam Follower


White Black Nationalism did this.

The man who rammed a car into Capitol Police officers, killing one, has been identified as Noah Green. Green was armed with a large blade when he was shot dead. On social media, he identified as a follower of the black nationalist Nation of Islam movement.

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Your Friends at Major League Baseball Are Attacking the Citizens and Economy of Georgia on Behalf of the Democrat Party and Their Radical Racist Election-Rigging Activist Base


Because the perp in what I'm calling "The Capitol Vehicular Insurgency" is black, this is officially not a Major National Story, so I'm moving on.

Like CNN and MSNBC and the NYT and NPR and ABC and NBC and CBS and the Washington Post and AP and Reuters and Bloomberg all are.

Here's your daily reminder that we are all feeding your enemies who want to harass, imprison, dominate and kill you:

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Say, remember when the NBA bullied, what was it, North Carolina over not banning trans bathrooms -- no, not even that far -- but merely banning localities from making trans bathrooms the law imposed on businesses?


On the topic of the Corporatist/Statist Tyranny, Ron DeSantis has signed a bill forbidding corporations for requiring a vaccine "passport" to use their services.

Gov. DeSantis issued a wide-ranging order on Friday banning all businesses and government entities in the state from requiring a "vaccination passport," or documented proof of vaccination for the coronavirus.

The order comes as some events and businesses had already started to implement some form of proof of vaccination, including a South Florida festival and the Miami Heat.

It was also unclear how such an order would work with nationwide or international businesses such as theme parks, cruise lines and airlines.

Reminder: You can't spell "MLB" without "BLM:"

Lee Smith @LeeSmithDC

Don’t forget: MLB supports a violent movement that laid waste to the small business bases of cities that support MLB franchises. These are arrogant and sinister people who run this league.

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Media Holds Its Breath To Find Out If Story About a Man Ramming the Capitol Hill Barricades Is a Story Or Not, Depending On His Race
Update: Suspect Dead; One Cop Reportedly Dead; Multiracial White Supremacy Again?


If he's white, it's a Major National Story.

If it turns out he has a name like Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, then it's not a story, and anyone asking why it's not a story will be declared to be a racist by a Daily Beast racist.

Update: It looks like this will not be a Major National Story, but will instead be a reason to explore "root causes" of "rage against oppressive colonialists structures," and to warn against "backlash" against one of the races that does not deserve backlash.


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NPR Issues Major Correction, Retracting Intentionally-False Election Season Disinformation That the Hunter Biden Story Had Been "Discredited" By "Intelligence"


Deliberate lies and Soviet-level disinformation pumped into the body politic by our communist radical China-compromised corporate press.

NPR issued a correction on Thursday after falsely reporting Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop was "discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations."

The now-edited, inaccurate claim was part of a review of Hunter Biden's memoir, "Beautiful Things," in which the president's son details his past as an alcoholic and a crack addict

"A previous version of this story said U.S. intelligence had discredited the laptop story. U.S. intelligence officials have not made a statement to that effect," the NPR correction stated.


NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving initially wrote, "The laptop story was discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations."

NPR issued the correction after critics blasted the nonprofit media organization for the bogus statement.

The updated version of the NPR story said, "Numerous news organizations cast doubt on the credibility of the laptop story."

Oh, the press is reporting that the press doesn't like the story. Wow, what Pulitzer-level reportage.

Why the retraction, now?

Well, 1, it's after the election, so the disinformation campaign is no longer the top priority.

And 2, it's hard to maintain the fiction after the crackhead accused child molester admits the laptop "certainly could be" his.

In an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning" about his new book, Hunter explained he didn’t definitively know if the water-damaged MacBook Pro laptop abandoned at a Delaware repair shop belonged to him, but he left the possibility open, saying it could "certainly" be his.

"You don't know, yes or no, if the laptop was yours?" CBS's Tracy Smith asked in a clip of the interview set to air on Sunday.

"I don't know," Hunter said, before clarifying that "of course, certainly" it could have belonged to him. "There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me."

Note that CBS does not ask him about the emails he sent, whose authenticity is verified by one of the addressees who received them, Tony Bobulinsky, detailing pay-for-play schemes with China paying money to Joe Biden.

He repeated the scripted lie that while this laptop "certainly" could be his, he still insists that maybe Russia planted it with a computer repair shop near his home.

NPR will not of course face any social media banning for repeatedly publishing this disinformation. Some fonts of disinformation are more equal than others.

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The Morning Rant


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Here's a sub-species of failure theater: Cardinal Raymond Burke: Joe Biden Could Face Excommunication for Promoting Abortion:

Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke recently made the case for pro-abortion politicians like President Joe Biden to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church because of their “open and aggressive” apostasy...

When asked how the Catholic Church should address the problem of a pro-abortion Catholic leader like Biden, Burke [a leading expert in Canon Law and former head of the Vatican’s highest court] outlined several steps, including confronting the individual and urging them to repent, CNS News reports. If the individual obstinately persists in doing evil, they could face excommunication, the cardinal said.

Sounds great, doesn't it? I would've been impressed 20 years ago, but these days, not so much. Alert morons will have already spotted the one word that renders the entire article pointless:


So, in other words, it's just a theoretical possibility. It's not happening. No actual politician was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for promoting abortion in the writing of this article. In fact, I don't think the Roman Catholic Church has *ever* excommunicated a nationally prominent politician for promoting and cheerleading abortion. It's just not something that the modern Roman Catholic Church does. I don't know the reasons why, I know that some bishops and cardinals are in favor of it, but some aren't. Perhaps the Church is hesitant to directly interfere with the politics of another country, which is kind of a switch, since they used to do this ALL THE TIME in past centuries, and in much bigger ways. But that was then, this is now, and so maybe it's better this way, all things considered.

But, speaking as a Protestant, I wish the Pope would step up and start swinging the banhammer. And I'm not talking about booting out every single Catholic who has ever supported abortion, but there are some loud voices (ahem)Nancy Pelosi(ahem) who need to be put on notice. That is, their bishop (or, in SF Nan's case, archbishop) needs to tell them that you can be Catholic, or you can be a cheerleader for abortion, but you can't be both. And you have 'X' amount of days or weeks to choose which one you want to be. And if you don't make a choice in that amount of time, the choice will be made for you.

Because excommunication is the ultimate cancelling.

What do I think will happen because of that? Probably not much. Nancy Pelosi is not going to suddenly become pro-life. But she won't be Catholic any longer, and she will not be able to cloak herself in the robes of the Church. It will just be a witness to the world that she never really was a Catholic to begin with. The mask will be off, and the amount of honesty in the world will have been increased by some small amount.

Call it a clarifying moment.

And maybe some good will be accomplished. By discreet wielding of the banhammer, the Church may cause other Catholic politicians to reconsider their abortion-for-any-reason-even-into-the-fourth-trimester advocacy. Or no longer identify as Catholic. I'm sure there will be weeping and wailing and cries of "I didn't leave the Church, the Church left me" as if being pro-life is some recent innovation.

I guess I'm getting impatient in my old age. I'm tired of talk. The only thing that will impress me now is stuff getting done. I want to see those who are in a position to do something actually do something instead of talking about it.

I guess Trump has spoiled me.

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Mid-Morning Art Thread


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Christ On The Cross
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

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The Morning Report - 4/2/21 [J.J. Sefton]

—Open Blogger


Good morning, kids. Friday and the weekend is here. In trying to get a higher altitude perspective on the situation we face one element that pops up no matter where you look is Red China. For at least the past 30 years, they've been infiltrating every aspect of our society from government to business to academia in an effort to destabilize us by sowing disunity, discord and discontent. They've conducted and continue to conduct one of the most massive spying operations to obtain everything from trade secrets, patents and intellectual property all the way up to the most sensitive, advanced defense technology. For all their ballyhooed prowess in all of those areas, the reality is the Chi-Coms have gotten ahead the old fashioned way: they stole it. And they are well on their way to stealing the world. Hell, the filthy bastards proudly admit it:

"We plagiarized wildly, copied wildly," Zang admitted. "What intellectual property rights? What patented technology? We'll get it first and deal with it later," he added.

After four decades, the Chinese Communist Party has "learned everything, and can do everything ourselves," Zang revealed before adding "When we look back, the factories are ours, the equipment is ours, the technology is ours, the patents are ours." "The foreigners have all gone," he emphasized.

The massive intellectual property theft allowed Chinese Communist Party officials to talk "tough" to President Biden's Secretary of State and National Security Adviser at a recent Alaska summit:

"That's why our Foreign Minister Yang [Jiechi] and Wang [Yi] could be so tough when they talked to the United States. [They thought] you have no right to talk to us in this way."

It's easy to make them the bogeyman for all of our ills. But the sad, undeniable truth is that the Chi-Coms could not have gotten where they are today without the eager help of fellow citizens who stabbed us in the back and sold us out. First and foremost is our political class including the Bushes and Clintons who gave these Mongoloids most favored nation trading status and a seat at the WTO as well as outright engineering the transfer of defense technology that "Great Leap Forwarded" their nuclear arsenal from 20 years behind us to parity in one fell swoop.

It's easy to understand how brainwashing a couple of generations of our youth to hate this, the greatest nation that ever was - and as of this writing tragically is no more. And now, the concentration camp-running, organ-harvesting, slave-labor driving filthy, degenerate Chi-Coms are stomping all over us for "human rights violations" and aiding and abetting the BLM blood-libeling of America - while Tony freaking Blinken the alleged secretary of state agrees with them! But, Psaki-circling back, speaking of shameless plagiarists, what excuse does Joe Biden and his contemporaries have? Yeah, I get it. They're greedy and crave power. But those his age and older, in particular those who weren't raised as red diaper babies but in the steel and coal belts (allegedly in Joe's case) should know the difference between George Meaney and Pol Pot. And yet, "Xi Jinping is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life"... in a numbered Swiss account, please.

Naturally, the younger generations, whose souls have been destroyed by consuming the poisoned fruit from the tree planted by Herbert Marcuse, Antonio Gramsci et al, have no qualms at all about jumping in bed with Worldwide Fang-Fang Bang-Bang because they've been preprogrammed to hate America since way before the Chi-Coms were even a factor. Nearly 40 years ago, a KGB defector by the name of Yuri Bezmenov predicted the very situation we find ourselves in now and laid out exactly how the overthrow of our society would happen because the plan was put in motion even before that interview.

So, in the grand scheme of things, the chicken and egg story of Chi-Com infiltration or Leftist self-loathing really doesn't matter all that much. Now that the wolf is at our throat, with the eager help of the Zuckerbergs, Dorseys, Bezos and Buffetts, whatever the Bidens and Obamas can't destroy or goniff is going to get egg-rolled into a mass grave.

Have a nice weekend.

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I Have Nothing To Offer But Blood, Toil, Tears, and ONT


Welcome to the Thursday ONT! What's the best way to start, an opening that truly reflects the class, decorum and intellectual maturity of the Horde? Yeah, it's a dick joke.

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Quarantine Cafe: Just Two Quokkas Having a Nosh Edition


CGI visual effects artists evaluate the special effects used to fake the moon landing.

Or, should I say, Moon " " " Landing " " ".

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Petting Finnegan Fox.

Bulldog was afraid of everything.

But loves helicopter rides.

The bulldog has a weird nervous habit -- it walks backwards, to guard its rear, I guess.

A pair of strays are inseparable.

Woman says that the weird-looking dogs she's rescued help her with her severe hospitalization-level anxiety.

In Australia they call this the "Joe Biden owl."

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Marco Rubio, of All People, Blasts Delta and Coca-Cola for Attacking Georgia for Its Voter Law, While Continuing to Give the Concentration-Camp Operating Communist Chinese Regime They're in Bed With a Free Pass


Apparently corporations are now taking their political cues exclusively from noted Lifelong Lover of Reading the First Page of a Book, LeBron James. He loves taking selfies of himself reading books. But strangely, always the first few pages. Never when he's on page 230.

Byron York notes that Delta tried to pander to the activist left -- but is now hated by everyone.

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio spoke to the company directly, at least through Twitter: "Dear Delta, You are business partners with the Communist Party of China. When can we expect your letter saying that their ongoing genocide in #Xinjiang is 'unacceptable and does not match Delta's values'???" On Wednesday morning, Rubio posted a video in which he said of Delta's CEO and other woke corporate leaders, "They're hypocrites -- complete and total hypocrites."

Other Republicans spoke out too -- see the link.

I highlight Marco Rubio because he was, of course, homoerotically beloved by the corporate Conservative, Inc. grifters in 2016.

Strangely enough, these corporate PR reps have largely abandoned their previous slobbering love affair with Marco Rubio.

The backstory makes Delta, and Bastian, look even worse. Just last week, Delta released a statement praising improvements in the bill -- on absentee voting, weekend voting, poll worker flexibility, and more. Even though Delta conceded that "concerns remain over other provisions in the legislation," the assessment was basically positive.

The statement prompted some ugly blowback from the left. Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann tweeted, "Do not fly Delta. Do not spend money with Delta. Boycott Delta. Ruin Delta." The hashtag #BoycottDelta began to fly around on Twitter.

Talk of punishing Georgia grew. On Wednesday night, President Biden said he would "strongly support" moving the baseball All-Star game set for July 13 in Atlanta. "This is Jim Crow on steroids, what they're doing in Georgia," Biden said. The president has consistently mis-stated what is in the Georgia law. As Karl Rove outlines here, Biden has leveled three specific accusations against the law, and all three are false.

This is why I despise -- personally despise -- the corporate shills of Conservative, Inc.

They always scold the right for counter-pressuring these corporations -- without ever taking notice of the fact that the left, from its activist core through congressmen through the (fake) president himself, are themselves constantly pressuring these corporations to propagate the political agenda of the hard left -- and are constantly succeeding.

How about your corporate cvcks stop attacking the right for applying reactive counter-pressure and start attacking the left for applying the original pressure?

And how about you start telling your Corporate Benefactors to stop joining in the left's nonstop unamerican socialist totalitarian political campaigning? How about you dare to put your checks in danger by once slapping, or even gently pushing away, the corporate hands that feed you?

But no: Can't do that. That's not the hill to die on.

Attacking conservatives for meanly bullying tiny innocent defenseless mega-corporations -- that's the hill to die on, by gum!

Says so right in the signature line of our checks.

The corporations will allow themselves to be pressured by the left but never by the right and that is the Marching Orders they send out to their Conservative, Inc. minions: tell the right to shut up. Attack Republicans for fighting back.

Let us join the Corporatist Totalitarian Socialist Super-State of the left, like we want to do.

Stop all this insolent back-talk from actual real conservatives who aren't on our payrolls.

Marco Rubio's statement below.

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Quick Hits


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America's Oldest Teenager -- sexless grifter and feebleminded Twitter Addict Bill Kristol -- proves once again that he is a True Conservative by jerking his babydick off over Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure proposal:

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Fellow Obese Grifter Jonah Goldberg is always whining that conservatives spend too much time "owning the libs" (i.e., owning his friends, future employers, and current donors).

And yet he never chastises the World's Oldest Troll Bill Kristol for constantly "owning the cons."

It's strange -- you'd almost suspect they were on the same leftwing propaganda ops team and were funded by the same leftwing donors.

Meriam Webster now defines being "color-blind" to race as The New Racism.

No, really.


The media brands the massage parlor shooter as a "white man" who killed "mostly Asian" victims.

But then suddenly decides that Specifying the Race of Perp and Victims is racist when it comes to an Arab man shooting ten white vicitms.


Did you catch that? His race was "Gunman."

And the race of the people he killed was, "people."

Maybe we should just identify people as that, as just people of no defined race.

But the media seems very, very determined to let you know the race of the Evildoers when it's One Single Race.

Even the New York Post decides to play "Guess That Race" with the perpetrator of an attack on Asian people, while specifying that Asians were the victims.

A hate-spewing suspect threatened to slash an Asian man at a Home Depot in Brooklyn -- just a few hours after an Asian woman was attacked by a racist assailant in front of do-nothing onlookers in Manhattan, police said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old victim in Brooklyn was with his girlfriend at the store in East New York around 2:30 p.m. Monday when a stranger approached the couple, menacing them with a 2×4 piece of lumber, cops said.

"Why you with that little d--k Asian n----r?" the suspect asked the woman, who is not Asian, according to police and a source.

Even Obama-voter Ann Althouse is noticing the media's alternating laser-like focus on race and then its complete ignorance of race.

"No mention of the perps race in the headline. That is weirdly the most obvious clue to their race nowadays. #JouralismDiesInWokeness."

Says one of the commenters on the Washington Post article "New York authorities file hate-crime charges in attack on Asian American woman."

There isn't even an attacker in the headline. The only human beings in the headline are the "authorities" and the "Asian American woman." The evildoer disappears. There's no attacker, only an "attack." But if there are hate crime charges, then the human mind is all important. "Attack" stresses the outward action. "Hate" requires a hater. There is a shadow of a person in the word "hate," the gesture at a mind.

But this person is depersonalized -- depersonalized because he is black. If a white man had stomped on an old Asian-American lady, he'd get full recognition in the headline. Is that racist?

By the way, this is a completely separate incident from the proceeding one.

Just more of that Multiracial White Supremacy in action.

Strange how only one race is allowed to be a perpetrator in stories written by journalists propagandists and racial arsonists.

Again... no worries about "backlash against whites" as we always hear about after a terrorist attack. It's like they... sort of want there to be a backlash.

Since most reporters are white (despite all their claims of loving diversity): May the backlash fall upon their own heads.

George Floyd's girlfriend testifies that the man he was in a car with was... his drug dealer.

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Workers Accidentally Ruin 15 Million Doses of the J&J Vaccine


Workers at a Baltimore plant (ah, Baltimore!) "conflated the ingredients" of the vaccine, ruining fifteen million doses and, what's worse, ending all US production of this vaccine until the FDA completes and investigation.

Here, let me save you the time and expense of an investigation: Baltimore is a shithole city and anyone with his act together already got the hell out of there.

As evidence for Baltimore's shithole city status: Crime is now legal. Yay.

Back in March of last year, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby quietly began the process of "decriminalizing" a number of low-level crimes such as drug possession and prostitution. The move was ostensibly made to reduce jail populations during the pandemic to prevent the spread of COVID behind bars. (We'll get to the real reason in a moment.) Now, after a year of refusing to prosecute people for breaking laws that are still on the books, Mosby has declared the project to be such a resounding success that she's going to make those changes permanent, even if we get the pandemic under control. What could possibly go wrong?


Meanwhile, Charm City still has the highest per capita murder rate in the country, an issue that Mosby has consistently failed to make a dent in over the entire time she's been in office. But it is true that there were certainly fewer incidents of drug abuse and prostitution showing up on the books. Why do you suppose that is? Perhaps it's because when you announce that you won’t be prosecuting those crimes, police don’t bother making arrests and fewer people report such activity since it won't do any good to call the cops.

Jazz Shaw notes that the "Empty the Jails" policy is animated by the obvious lie that criminal law just "punishes poverty."

Well that was a very Off Topic digression, and on the Zeroeth Post to boot.

Back to vaccine news:

Pfizer's vaccine is effective for at least six months after the second dose. I think they say "at least six months" because the sample group they're looking at only got immunized around six months ago. So it could be longer.

Pfizer says its vaccine continues to be effective against COVID-19 up to six months later.

Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, announced updated results Thursday from their ongoing late-stage study of more than 44,000 volunteers.

The companies said the vaccine was 91% effective against symptomatic disease and was even more protective in preventing severe disease. Of 927 confirmed COVID-19 cases detected through March 13, 77 were among people who received the vaccine and 850 were among people who got dummy shots.

There were no serious safety concerns and the vaccine also appeared to work against a variant first detected in South Africa, the companies said.

I guess that's good news. It will be better, of course, if it's effective for a year, so that people only get the booster once a year, as they do with the flu vaccine. It would be even better if it conferred lifelong immunity, of course, but one step at a time.

Assuming these vaccines work around 90% (and make covid a minor bother for those few who get it), then I guess we could return to normalcy, except for the fact that the Upper Middle Class Woke White Woman cadre which apparently now controls all decisionmaking in the US does not want to ever return to normalcy.

Covid is giving their boring, sterile, shriveled little lives heroic meaning and Bossy Purpose.

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Biden's Nasty Border Policy -- Encouraging Illegals to Come to Pander to the Left, but Then Stopping Them to Not Lose the Middle -- Results in Children Now Being Kept Under Bridges and Sleeping In the Dirt


Trump's policy worked, as a fair-minded liberal like Tim Pool can see, and admit.

Trump announced that anyone who traveled through Mexico while trying to illegally travel to the US had to remain in Mexico while the US worked out their (almost all bullshit) asylum claims.

Illegals don't want to do that. They just want to come to the US illegally, make bogus claim of asylum, and then not show up for their court hearing due to our catch and release program.

Biden scrapped that policy, claiming it was inhumane. And also, because the Democrats had falsely demonized it.

And Conservative, Inc. either condemned it or remained silent, because their corporate benefactors like illegal workers, and Conservative, Inc. hates American workers. American workers can't fund the additions to their houses.

But you know, at least the Tweets encouraging illegal immigrants to come were nice.

Behold, your "more humane" solution.

Project Veritas released a new video today showing migrants being held under the Anzalduas International Bridge, by Border Patrol agents.

A Brave Insider felt compelled to record and send never-before-seen footage to Project Veritas, in an effort to illustrate the inhumane conditions illegal immigrants --- many of them minors -- face while in custody.

The area under the bridge was converted into a makeshift processing center for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), due to the overflow of normal detention facilities near the Southern Border.

In the clip, dozens of migrants are seen sleeping on dirt with nothing but a space blanket and the clothes on their backs.

Biden's poll numbers are falling as people see the consequences of his gutless, lawless dog's breakfast of contradictory policies.

Just a third of Americans questioned in an NPR/Marist poll released on Tuesday say they approve of Biden's handling of the issue of immigration, with 53% saying they disapprove of his performance. While two-thirds of Democrats say they approve of how Biden has handled the issue in the first two months of his presidency, approval plunges to 27% among independents and to just 5% among Republicans.

Secretly recorded video of Biden's Babies Under Bridges immigration crisis below.

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In Wake of Delta Using Its Corporate Power and Money to Agitate for the Democrats' Fraud-Seeking Vote Schemes, The Georgia GOP House Votes to Strip Delta of Its State-Provided Tax Breaks


Good. #War.

It's time to finally fight back against #WokeCorporatism, using the most obvious weapons we have.

The left has pressured corporations to advance the left's political agenda.

It's time to put aside the childish "libertarian" approach where we pretend we're letting corporations act freely and without political pressure -- ignoring the fact that the left (including Democrat politicians) pressure them every single day with threats both implicit and explicit.

There is no "libertarian" position in the middle of a war. You either win or you die.

The Georgia House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to strip Delta Air Lines of a tax break that was worth tens of millions of dollars in response to CEO Ed Bastian's condemnation of Georgia's recently passed voting reform law as "unacceptable."

Georgia's bill, which has been the subject of widespread disinformation and lies by prominent Democratic politicians, has provoked calls for boycotts of Georgia-based corporations by civil rights activists who have argued that these companies should do more to speak out against the law.

As if on command, a number of those corporations or their CEOs issued statements that often repeated false Democratic talking points about the law, including Delta CEO Ed Bastian.

In his statement, Bastian echoed the widely repeated talking point that "could make it harder for many Georgians, particularly those in our Black and Brown communities, to exercise their right to vote." In fact, the bill expands early voting and voting hours and generally made it easier for people of all races to vote -- in person.

Bastian condemned the law, stating, "I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta's values."

Well, maybe Delta's pro-coup values no longer match Georgia citizens' values.

Bullies only stop when you bloody their noses, and it's time to start delivering A LOT of bloody noses to our would-be Corporate Overlords.

It's time for a fucking REVOLT.

Get ready for the paid corporate propagandists of Conservative, Inc. to roar into action -- suddenly discovering, "Here lies a hill worth dying on!" -- as the people paying their mortgage demand value-for-money.

Also needing a bloody nose: Coca-Cola. Which should also be disburdened of any tax benefits the Racist State of Georgia is offering them.

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Killer Cuomo Assigned His Top Aides to Help (or Ghostwrite) His $4 Million Advance Book -- Public Employees Working for His Private Benefit -- While He Covered Up the Nursing Home Slaughter


Jesse McKinley, Danny Hakim and Alexandra Alter report at the (garbage-tier #Woke newsletter) NYT:

As Cuomo Sought $4 Million Book Deal, Aides Hid Damaging Death Toll

Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasted, "I am not a superhero," in early versions of his book, drafted as his aides scrubbed a politically damaging Health Department report.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the coronavirus subsided in New York last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had begun pitching a book proposal that would center on his image as a hero of the pandemic. But by early last summer, both his book and image had hit a critical juncture.

Mr. Cuomo leaned on his top aide, Melissa DeRosa, for assistance. She attended video meetings with publishers, and helped him edit early drafts of the book. But there was also another, more pressing edit underway at the same time.

An impending Health Department report threatened to disclose a far higher number of nursing home deaths related to the coronavirus than the Cuomo administration had previously made public. Ms. DeRosa and other top aides expressed concern about the higher death toll, and, after their intervention, the number -- which had appeared in the second sentence of the report -- was removed from the final version.

The revisions occurred as the governor was on the brink of a huge payoff: a book deal that ended with a high offer of more than $4 million, according to people with knowledge of the book's bidding process.


Mr. Cuomo also utilized the resources of his office -- from his inner circle to far more junior personnel -- to help with the manuscript. In late June and early July, for example, a top aide to the governor, Stephanie Benton, twice asked assistants to print portions of the draft of the book, and deliver them to Mr. Cuomo at the Executive Mansion in Albany, where he lives.


Emails and an early draft of Mr. Cuomo's book obtained by The New York Times indicate that the governor was writing it as early as mid-June, relying on a cadre of trusted aides and junior staffers for everything from full-scale edits to minor clerical work, potentially running afoul of state laws prohibiting use of public resources for personal gain.


Ms. DeRosa, the highest nonelected official in Mr. Cuomo’s office, was particularly involved with the development of the book, and was present during some online pitch meetings with Mr. Cuomo. The July 5 request, in fact, was to print a 224-page draft entitled "MDR edits" -- a reference to Ms. DeRosa, who had sent the draft to Ms. Benton on July 4, according to the emails. The staffers communicated via personal Gmail accounts, not official governmental email addresses.

The Ruling Class is different than you and me.

DeRosa, of course, also served her King in a more delicate matter:

Ms. DeRosa also had significant input on the July 6 report issued by the Department of Health, which basically cleared Mr. Cuomo's administration of fault in its handling of nursing homes -- discounting the impact of a March 2020 state memo that had asked such facilities to take in or readmit residents who had tested positive for the disease.

Publishing houses are now mostly money-laundering operations to pay money to Democrat politicians:

Crown declined to comment on the sale price or confirm that it slightly exceeded $4 million, a large sum for an author whose previous memoir, "All Things Possible," from 2014, sold fewer than 4,000 hardcover copies.

We need a law (and a law in every state) that specified high-level government officials can only be paid by publishers on a per-book royalty basis. No more $10 million advances for books that sell 4000 copies. If you sell 4000 copies, you get your 10% or 15% on each of those copies.

The tolerated system of open graft by politicians taking money from gigantic media conglomerates must no longer be tolerated.

By the way, Cuomo's ninth accuser released a photo of Cuomo grabbing her by the cheeks and kissing her, which she says was against her will. She says she felt "manhandled."

She was seeking... state aid after a flood damaged her home.

And Cuomo, naturally, exercised his rights of prima noctae.


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Vill says Cuomo came to her town of Greece, New York when her home flooded in 2017. Cuomo asked to tour her flood-damaged home she shares with husband and kids. Cuomo forcibly kissed her on the cheek several times, and said "you are beautiful."

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"I felt embarrassed and weird," she says, adding she felt "manhandled." She then got a then got a call from a staffer who invited her to an event in town but not the rest of his family. "I know the difference between an innocent gesture and a sexual one."

It's good to be the king!

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The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition



Lord Acton (and others) understood very well that:

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
And nowhere in the free world is it more evident than Israel, and the interminable rule of Benjamin Netanyahu. He has been Prime Minister since 1996! 25 years is far too long. He has become corrupt, venal, and so protective of his power that he will do literally anything to hold onto it.

Netanyahu keeps saving Israel's Left from the Right

FOR DECADES, Israeli-Arab politicians have abused the state - and their own people. By confusing the Knesset with the United Nations, they self-destructively used their platform to direct abuse against Israel for existing rather than to direct resources for helping all Israelis coexist.
So guess who Netanyahu is courting to create a coalition so that once again he can be Prime Minister? At this point I have very little confidence that he has the best interests of his country at the forefront of his political maneuvering.

This is exactly what the Democrat Party in this country has done...allied itself with the hard Left to maintain their power, ignoring the possibly existential damage such a coalition will do. Add in the profound corruption of Chinese influence, and it is difficult to arrive at any conclusion other than they simply do not care if they destroy their own country as long as their power is undiminished.

Will term limits in Israel help? Sure...a little. How about here? Yes, but the power will shift from the elected leaders who term-limit out to the party organizations and, in a cruel twist, the deep state's unelected bureaucrats will gain even more control.

Thoreau's "that government is best which governs least" is the only rational solution, but we are long past the point at which we can shrink government without a true revolution.

The damage has been done. America has been convinced that government truly is here to help, even though the incredible mass of evidence shows that it is exactly the opposite; that everything government touches...dies. So the politicians continue to sacrifice the country on the altar of power, hoping that we just won't notice.

And so far they have been correct!

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Mid-Morning Art Thread


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Self Portrait In Purple

My apologies for the poor quality of the reproduction, but I snapped this at a recent showing of Maizie's work at a gallery in Tribeca, and the place made it very clear that photography was prohibited. She is intensely protective of her works until they are sold. Supposedly she was there, but since nobody except her agent knows what she looks like...who knows!

Her mononym's (it is derived from the Persian word for pearl) origin is the stuff of rumor in the art world, with some suggesting that it is her way of honoring a distant cousin (Earl "The Pearl" Monroe).

As for today's art? I simply don't understand it, so a few weeks ago I asked Kris to take a look and see what she could make of it. She was able to provide an analysis which is below the fold, but she also said that it just scratches the surface of this piece, and she needs more time for a full evaluation.

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Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
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Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)